Knowledge and Practical Interests

Knowledge and Practical Interests

by Jason Stanley
     
 

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Jason Stanley presents a startling and provocative claim about knowledge: that whether or not someone knows a proposition at a given time is in part determined by his or her practical interests. Whether a true belief is knowledge is not merely a matter of supporting beliefs or reliability; in the case of knowledge, practical rationality and theoretical rationality are…  See more details below

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Jason Stanley presents a startling and provocative claim about knowledge: that whether or not someone knows a proposition at a given time is in part determined by his or her practical interests. Whether a true belief is knowledge is not merely a matter of supporting beliefs or reliability; in the case of knowledge, practical rationality and theoretical rationality are intertwined. Stanley defends this thesis against alternative accounts of the phenomena that motivate it, such as the claim that knowledge attributions are linguistically context-sensitive (contextualism about knowledge attributions), and the claim that the truth of a knowledge claim is somehow relative to the person making the claim (relativism about knowledge).

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ISBN-13:
9780191537097
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/20/2005
Series:
Lines of Thought Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
353,343
File size:
196 KB

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